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'It is time to make the punishment fit the crime' - campaign underway for tougher sentencing for animal cruelty convicts

PUBLISHED: 09:42 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:31 22 February 2017

Animal cruelty carries a maximum sentence of six months

Animal cruelty carries a maximum sentence of six months

Thye Aun Ngo

Politicians met on Tuesday

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson and councillor Daisy Page were together at the House of Commons this week to support tougher sentences for animal crueltyDartford MP Gareth Johnson and councillor Daisy Page were together at the House of Commons this week to support tougher sentences for animal cruelty

Cross-party support for those convicted of animal cruelty to receive tougher sentences has been voiced this week.

Dartford’s Tory MP Gareth Johnson and Labour councillor Daisy Page have together backed a campaign from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

The charity, which has a branch in West Kingsdown, has highlighted that torturing an animal to death carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison, but flytipping can see convicts jailed for up to five years.

“When I worked in the criminal justice system I saw just how inadequate the current penalties for animal cruelty can be,” said Mr Johnson.

“It’s time we changed the law to ensure far more than six months in prison is available for the worst offences of animal cruelty.”

On Tuesday, Mr Johnson was joined by Dartford’s deputy Labour leader, Cllr Page, to voice concerns.

The Littlebrook ward councillor added: “England and Wales has one of the lowest animal cruelty sentences in the world.

“It is time to make the punishment fit the crime for animal cruelty. I support Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s campaign to increase the sentence to five years imprisonment.”

Labour MP Anna Turley’s bill on tougher sentencing is due for its second reading on Friday.

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